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Executive Order 55 Supporting Virginians with Disabilities in the Commonwealth's Workforce, 2012


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In 2012, Governor Bob McDonnell signed Executive Order Number 55 which supported Virginians with Disabilities in the Commonwealth's Workforce. The executive order also addressed the importance of employment of Virginians with disabilities enabling these individuals to become active members of the economy.

The order reported that of the 3.6 million Virginians who were classified as “employed” in the previous census, only 154,985 were identified as “disabled” which was approximately 4% of census respondents. It was mandated in the order that there be increased coordination between state agencies and include more outreach from the involved departments. Along with Virginians with disabilities, the order also challenges agencies and business to strive to train and hire more veterans. State agencies were required to make regular reports on their compliance.

Watch a video of the Governor discussing the order here from the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services.

Citation: Executive Orders Digital Collection, Gov. McDonnell, Supporting Virginians with Disabilities in the Commonwealth's Workforce; Importance of Employment for Virginians with Disabilities , 16 Nov. 2012. Library of Virginia


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